Upcoming and Recent Events

Monday, 3rd April 2017

TOOLS MAINTENANCE SKILL SHARE

Wednesday 12th April 2017

From 11am to 12noon

Join us for Tools Maintenance Skill Share! It is a free event open to all. We will be learning how to sharpen, oil and clean garden tools.

If you wish to attend please contact Anna at: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

Monday 27th February 2017

Beekeeping Group Meeting

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

11am to 1pm.

All garden users interested in beekeeping or learning about it are very welcome to join the first meeting this year. We will do some beekeeping inventory, check how the bees are doing,  clean tools and get ready for the new season!

We are very happy for the new volunteers to join the group as well!

Please contact Bob – bob@forestfarmpeacegarden.org to confirm your attendance.

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Thursday, 23rd February 2017

Join us in Ilford on Saturday 4th March for the Great British Spring Clean. From 11am, community groups & residents of Redbridge will be picking up litter in & around the town centre.
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There will also be creative activities, including making a litter monster, designing gum targets/posters and making fruit juice on a smoothie bike. Forest Farm Peace Garden will have a stall at the event. Find more details at the link below:

http://www.greatbritishspringclean.org or  download the poster here:gbsc-a4-circulation

 

Wednesday, 25th January 2017

Open Morning for Prospective Buddy Volunteers

Free Workshop –‘Permaculture and People Care’

Wednesday, 8th March 2017

11am – 1pm

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Come along for our open morning event, look around and enjoy our free workshop on “Permaculture and People-Care” with Susannah Hall, a co-founder of Permablitz London, a talented gardener and permaculture designer. The workshop will introduce you to the basics of permaculture, and to some ideas about how you could apply it in your daily life and work. It will be followed by a walk around the garden and shared lunch (optional).

This event is aimed at all interested in taking part in our Buddy Volunteer Training in March 2017. You can get a chance to see the garden, meet the staff and volunteers and learn more about our ecotherapy programme.

If you wish to take part in shared lunch please bring packed lunch with you. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and suitable outdoors clothing.

Please contact Fran Reeves at: info@forestfarmpeacegarden.org or leave a message at our answer phone: 020 84771655 if you wish to come as we have limited number of spaces available.

Wednesday, 25th January 2017

Free Buddy Training At Forest Farm Peace Garden – March 2017!

FFPG is looking for new buddy volunteers!

We offer 2 days free training focused on: permaculture, mental health and practical organic horticulture skills. Being a buddy is an opportunity to gain skills and hands on experience in support work, therapeutic gardening PLUS successful buddy trainees can receive free follow-up training in relevant areas.

Our Ecotherapy Programme is structured for clients with low-level mental health needs such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Buddies can make a huge impact to their wellbeing by helping to make their garden a safe and welcoming space for all; helping with running practical activities and being available to those who need extra guidance.

The training will be taking place on two Fridays: the 17th and 24th March 2016.

The first date will take place at Redbridge Central Library, York Room (Clements Rd, Ilford, IG1 1EA) from 10:00am to 4:00pm. On that day we will introduce you to the project and many of the specific issues we work with – ecotherapy, mental health, learning disabilities, etc.

The second Friday will happen at the garden in Hainault (FFPG site at Forest Farm Allotments, end of Hazelbrouck Rd, Hainault, IG6 2XL) covering introductions to permaculture and organic food growing as well as site safety and tool maintenance.

Potential buddies are very welcome to visit the project on our open morning “Permaculture and People-Care” in the garden on Wednesday the 8th March from 11am to 1pm. More info about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/243293762782491/

If you would like to take part in the training please complete the application form (download 2017buddyapplicationformffpg ) and send it back to:

Fran Reeves

Email: info@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

Tel: 020 8477 1655 (Answer phone)

Please feel free to contact Fran if you have any queries about the training.

Thursday, 15th September 2016

‘GIVE AND TAKE’ SWAP SHOP AT ABUNDANCE DAY 2016

When: Sunday 9th October 2016

Time: 12 noon – 2.30pm

‘Give and Take’ event  is organized by Amey in partnership with the Redbridge Recycling Team and will take place at our Abundance Day.

Swap your things you don’t need any more and pick up something you do need. ALL FOR FREE!

Donations will be accepted until 2.30pm.

You can bring along items like: books, CDs, DVDs, sportswear, clean clothes, bric-a-brac, homeware, kitchenware, toys and games.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept: bulky items (such as furniture), electrical items, infant car seats or audio cassettes and VHS video tapes. For these items see our web page on reusing bulky items or visit: http://www.tclreuse.org.uk

 Visit the Recycling stall for tips on how to reduce your waste.

For further information please call Habiba on 07980732337.

Please spread the word about this event and download a poster if you would like to display it in your neighbourhood.

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DR BIKE WORKSHOP AT ABUNDANCE DAY 2016

When: Sunday, 9th October 2016

Time: 2pm – 4pm

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Recycle Ilford, a social enterprise bike recycling project will provide Dr Bike workshop at our Abundance Day.  Bring your bike for a free maintenance check and repairs!!!

 

Thursday, 15th September 2016

ABUNDANCE DAY 2016

We will be hosting our annual event “Abundance Day” to celebrate the bounty of summer harvest!

When: Sunday, 9th October 2016

Time: 12 noon – 5pm

Join us at Forest Farm Peace Garden as we celebrate the bounty of our autumn harvest. Drop in any time between 12 noon & 5pm, or join us for the whole afternoon. Our Abundance Day is both free of charge and family friendly.

Live music from 13:15 with the Soultanas mixing soul and indie classics. Then at 15:00 it’s Auntie and the Uncles, from Hornbeam Nights fame.

From 13:00-14:00 there will be a Foraging workshop and walk with Aaron ‘Hedgerow’ Edgeley.
At 14:00 to 15:00 a Fermentation Workshop with Zoe.
Sign up on the day for either – limited spaces available, so don’t hesitate!

From 12:00-14.30 The London Borough of Redbridge Recycling Team are running a ‘Give and Take’ stall with free books, clothes and bric-a-brac. Please bring along items you no longer want or need (electrical goods & large items cannot be accepted.)

From 14:00-16:00 Dr Bike from Recycle Ilford, a social enterprise & bike recycling project, will provide a free maintenance check and repairs. Bring your bike!

Our popular health and well-being zone will also be back, providing mini holistic treatments of reiki healing and a quiet space for meditation throughout the afternoon.

There will be our own organic honey for sale, plus jams and chutneys from Organiclea. Apple pressing demonstrations will happen every half hour and we’ll be handing out fresh apple juice.
Visitors can also sample fresh herbal teas and enjoy the delicious food of master chef Manzoor of Fusion Foods, plus several cake stalls.

There will be a kids area with apple bobbing – bob an apple and win a prize! Plus apple printing and other crafts.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 9th October!

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FORAGING COURSE – AUTUMN SESSION

Sunday 25th September, 2016

Time: 11am – 4pm

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A 1 DAY COURSE RUN BY AARON ‘HEDGEROW’ EDGELEY, AN ETHNOBOTANIST WITH OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE OF WILD FOOD & FORAGING, YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:

  • FORAGE SAFELY & LEGALLY IN THE UK
  • LOOK AT LANDSCAPE & ECOLOGY FROM A FORAGER’S PERSPECTIVE
  • IDENTIFY WILD EDIBLES
  • PROCESS WILD EDIBLES

UPON SUCESSFUL COMPLETION YOU WILL GET A CERTIFICATE ACCREDITED BY GLOBAL LEARNING GATEWAY

FEES: £18

FOR FURTHER DETAILS & TO REGISTER PLEASE CONTACT AARON at:

aaron.edgeley@gmail.com   or SPEAK TO FFPG STAFF (we are on site on Wednesdays and Fridays between 11am-4pm)

‘HEALTHY COOKING – LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE’  free workshop

Friday, 2nd September 2016, 11am- 1pm

Join us for a ‘Love Food Hate Waste, healthy cooking workshop’ in the garden!We will be making cheese, salad from freshly harvested veg and fruity pudding. This workshop will be run by Redbridge Recycling Team in conjunction with ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign. Max number of participants 15.

Book your place in advance. Contact Anna at: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

GARDEN USERS CONSULTATIONS

We would like to invite you to the Garden Users Consultations which will take place on Wed 31st AUGUST at 11.15am -12 noon and Fri 2nd SEPTEMBER at 2.15pm -3pm  in the pergola. We will meet to reflect on how the garden is going, our plans for this year and any garden and growing related suggestions you have or issues you want to discuss. The consultations will last 45min, and after that we will carry on with our gardening tasks.

CONSULTATIONS AGENDA

Earth-Care

  • Summary of progress  in garden transformation. Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grant update.
  • Upcoming changes and proposed ideas
  • Q&A

People-Care

  • Summary of progress in making people care a priority this year
  • Brief summary of who has joined us so far this year and who has moved on (Clients and Buddies)
  • Q&A

Fair-Shares

  • Summary of developments in interest groups; workshops & skill shares; open days and festivals; wider community engagement etc
  • Q&A

Thursday, 23rd June

FREE TAI CHI CLASSES  – this class is fully booked now.

Thanks to recently secured ‘Fit for Fun’ funding we will be running free weekly Tai Chi classes at Forest Farm Peace Garden.

Start: Friday 1st July time: 3pm – 4pm for consecutive 20 weeks till 11th November 2016

Please note this is not a drop in class. The commitment to at least 10 classes is required.

All are welcome to join this free class! To sign up please contact: Anna: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org or call/txt: 07525 131 996.

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WORLD MUSIC DAY 2016

When: Sunday, 10th July 2016,
Time: 12 noon – 5pm
Free family friendly event!

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It is an annual FFPG event featuring brilliant world music performers, along with food stalls and activities for children such as; natural messy play and crafts! There will be health and wellbeing treatments demonstrations, and free workshops will include; herbal, foraging and many more. Bring along a picnic and a blanket and settle down for an afternoon of music and culture in the beautiful surroundings of Forest Farm Peace Garden!

PROGRAMME                

WORLD MUSIC DAY 2016 AT FOREST FARM PEACE GARDEN

SUNDAY, 10th JULY 2015

12 noon – 5 pm

Come and join us on Sunday 10th July 2016 from 12pm -5pm for our annual World Music Day event at Forest Farm Peace Garden. Bring along a picnic and a blanket and settle down for an afternoon of music and culture in the beautiful surroundings of Forest Farm Peace Garden.

MUSIC

12.30 pm -1 pm   SEGA MEMZELS

Dynamic Sega dancers bringing flare and authentic Mauritian ambiance to the event!

1.15pm-2.15pm EASTERN VIBES

Eastern Vibes play traditional Indian classical ragas including light Bollywood numbers and Western nursery rhymes for kids to sing along to.

2.30-3.30pm GAIA SOUNDS

Api and Regina are two Spanish multi-instrumentalists living in London. Together they create their own unique sound strongly influenced by the music of many ethnical cultures. They blend all of their knowledge and talent to create music that reach the heart of the listeners. They belong to a new generation of musicians that consciously make their music to bring happiness and inner-peace to the world.

3.45pm – 4.45pm THE WORLD JUNK MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Giles Leaman and Saul Eisenburg are both musical instrument makers, avid collectors of musical instruments from around the world, and also multi instrumentalists who get inspiration from a wide range of cultural music.

They are fascinated with working with recycled and found materials, metal, wood bamboo and plastics. New musical instruments lead to a new kind of music so be prepared to be surprised at some of their compositions and inventions.

CHILDREN ACTIVITIES

12 noon – 3.30pm   DRUM MAKING FOR KIDS!

Giles Leaman, an artist in residence at The Source, a recycling and creative reuse centre in Edmonton will be running a fantastic drum making session using variety of recycled materials. Lots of noise and good fun!

12 noon – 4.30 pm   FACE PAINTING AND BALLOON MODELLING

Mr Kinder, a local children’s entertainer will be there with his fantastic balloon modelling and face painting station.

12noon – 4.30 pm NATURAL MESSY PLAY FOR UNDER 5s

Oats Play and Grains Play! Bring your toddler with you and dive into large trays of oats and grains, full of exciting objects and scooping tools. Suitable for 15 months – 5 years old.

2pm – 4 pm POND DIPPING

Pond dipping session for children run by local Conservation Team.

WORKSHOPS

12.30-1.30pm HERBAL WALK

A herb walk and herbal medicine making demonstration by our residential herbalist Debbie Syrett.

2pm – 3pm FORAGING WALK

A summer foraging walk with Aaron ‘Hedgerow’ Edgeley. Learn how to identify and process wild edibles!

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES TASTERS

Relax in the beautiful surroundings of the garden and indulge yourself in these amazing holistic mini treatments.

Reflexology mini treatments by Aneta’s Reflexology, a member of Association of Reflexologists and graduate of International Institute of Reflexology.

Biodynamic Massage by Katarzyna, trainee of Centre of Biodynamic Therapy

Reiki Healing by Stephanie from Blue Lotus Osteomyology

FOOD AND DRINKS

A freshly cooked soup and bread made by our volunteers, and amazing healthy, full of wonderful ingredients and nutrients cakes and desserts by Sinless Desserts.

A selection of vegetarian, Arab cuisine specialities prepared by Arabic Speaking Women’s Association.

Teas and coffees and cold drinks will be served on the day.

PLANT ID SKILL SHARE

Friday, 15th July 2pm – 4pm . Free


Join us for the Plant ID skill share followed by labelling plants session. This skill share will be focused on learning basics of plant identification and identifying the plants we have in the garden. A fantastic opportunity to learn more about plants from our residential ethnobotanist Aaron and Head Gardener Nick.

Thursday, 12th May

DIPLOMA IN ‘INTRODUCTION TO USING HERBS FOR HEALTH’

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Learn how to identify common herbs and make simple herbal preparations at home. A series of four herbal workshops run by the Forest Farm Peace Garden residential medical herbalist and ethnobotanist. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into preparing and identifying herbs to enhance your well being. Please note that you need to attend the first workshop if you wish to attend any of the others. A certificate will be awarded for each of the workshops. Anyone completing all four workshops will be awarded a Diploma Certificate accredited by Global Learning Gateway.

Dates: Sunday: 22 nd May, 12 th June, 24 th July, 21 st August

Time: 10.304pm

Price: £40/day. 10% Concessions available

What to bring : Please bring packed lunch with you. Teas, coffees and light refreshments provided. Please wear suitable outdoors clothing and sun protection.

Entry Requirements: No previous knowledge is required – just enthusiasm! Children are welcome under parental supervision.

Unit 1: Using herbs for health safely – Sunday 22nd May, 10.30 am – 4pm

This first workshop is an introduction to using herbs safely. The areas covered are;

Understanding basic body processes.

The Herbal – Drug Continuum of Safety.

Principles of Plant Identification.

Unit 2: Preparing herbs for use as decoctions – Sunday 12th June

Determining when the use of a decoction is appropriate.

Identifying five species of herbs appropriate for use in decoctions.

Which parts of the plants can be used to prepare decoctions.

Preparation of decoctions.

Unit 3: Preparing herbs for use in oils and topical applications – Sunday 24 th July

This workshop covers the preparation of herbs for use in oils and topical applications.

Unit 4: Preparing herbs for use as glycerides and tinctures – Sunday 21st August

This workshop covers the preparation of herbs for use as glycerides and tinctures. Areas covered:

When the use of glycerides and tinctures is appropriate.

Identifying five species of herbs appropriate for use in glycerides and tinctures.

Which parts of the plants can be used to make glycerides & tinctures.

Preparation of glycerides and tinctures.

Determining when the use of oils & topical applications is appropriate.

Identifying 5 species of herbs appropriate for use in oils and topical applications.

Learning which parts of the plants can be used to prepare oils and topical applications.

Preparation of oils and topical applications.

Disclaimer: Completion of this course does not qualify the learner to become a

herbal practitioner. Self administration is always at the learner’s own risk

To book a place contact Anna at: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org or txt/call: 07525 131 996

Tuesday, 26th April

SOW AND GROW SKILL SHARE

When: 29th April, Friday

Times: 11am-1pm

Where: in the garden

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Wednesday, 23rd March 2016

GARDEN USERS CONSULTATIONS

Thanks to recently secured Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grant, we will be able to improve facilities in the garden and turn it into a beautiful, therapeutic space. FFPG staff is working hard on planning the garden improvements and we would like to share our plans with you and listen to your suggestions!

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We would like to invite you to the garden users consultations which will take place on Wed 20th April, and Fri 22nd April at 11.15am in the polytunnel. The consultations will last 45min, and after that we will carry on with our gardening tasks.

There will be whiteboard in the garden and in the portacabin where you can write your suggestions and recommendations for the agenda.

 CONSULTATIONS AGENDA

When:

11.15 am- 12 noon, WEDNESDAY 20th APRIL 2016

11.15 am-12 noon, FRIDAY 22nd APRIL 2016

 Where: In the polytunnel

We will meet talk about how the garden is going, our plans for this year and any garden and growing related suggestions you have or issues you want to discuss.

Earth Care:

  • Reflecting on last year’s growing, and plans for this year

Fair Shares:

  • Creating specialised volunteer roles to help run the Garden (e.g.making tea, tool maintenance) and garden groups such as herbal, or fruit trees groups.

People Care:

  • Update on Ecotherapy Programme restructure in 2016 – new referral forms and referral process, and time-limited placements in the garden.

 

SPRING SOCIAL AND BUDDY PARTY

When: Sunday, 20th March 2016

Time: 12 noon – 4pm

Free: all welcome!

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We will be celebrating a start of the season and welcoming new buddy volunteers to the garden.

12-1pm – lunch
1pm – 1.30pm – Symbolism of Spring Plants ethnobotanical talk
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm – Egg Hunt for families
2.30pm – 4pm – Drumming Circle

FORAGING COURSE – SPRING SESSION

When: Sunday, 17th April 2016

Time: 11am – 4pm

Where: in the garden

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A 1 DAY COURSE RUN BY AARON ‘HEDGEROW’ EDGELEY, AN ETHNOBOTANIST WITH OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE OF WILD FOOD & FORAGING,

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:

● FORAGE SAFELY & LEGALLY IN THE UK
● LOOK AT LANDSCAPE & ECOLOGY FROM A FORAGER’S PERSPECTIVE
● IDENTIFY WILD EDIBLES
● PROCESS WILD EDIBLES

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION YOU WILL GET A CERTIFICATE ACCREDITED BY GLOBAL LEARNING GATEWAY
FEES: £18

FOR FURTHER DETAILS & TO REGISTER PLEASE CONTACT:

AARON at:
aaron.edgeley@gmail.com or SPEAK TO FFPG STAFF (we are on site on Wednesdays and Fridays between 11am-2pm)

03/03/2016

HEALTHY SOIL – SKILL SHARE

Date: Wednesday 9th March,

Times: 11.15 am – 12 noon

Where: in the garden, end of Hazelbrouck Gdns, IG6 2XL

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Join us to learn about what makes a healthy soil and how to improve existing soil conditions. We will be bringing to the garden large amounts of organic compost this week and some soil improvers. An excellent opportunity to learn about soil care!

22nd February, 2016.

We are delighted to be shortlisted as one of the winners of Tesco Bags of Help initiative!                                                                                                 Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across hundreds of regions in England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each region awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. Please check the website for more info:http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. This generous grant will enable us to carry on necessary repairs in the garden, build a new infrastructure and purchase plants and shrubs! Please vote for us!

YOU CAN VOTE FOR US IN THE FOLLOWING STORES: 

  • ILFORD TESCO EXPRESS
  • MANFORD WAY CHIGW TESCO EXPRESS
  • WOODFORD GREEN TESCO EXPRESS
  • WANSTEAD TESCO EXPRESS
  • ILFORD CRANBRK RD TESCO EXPRESS
  • ILFORD LEY ST TESCO EXPRESS
  • GOODMAYES TESCO EXTRA
  • BARKINGSIDE TESCO
  • WOODFORD GREEN TESCO
  • GANTS HILL ILFORD TESCO EXPRESS

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TIME TO TALK DAY 2016

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Redbridge Concern for Mental Health, RUN-UP and Forest
Farm Peace Garden have come together to celebrate
Time to Talk Day 2016! It is a drop in event where you can talk about mental health related issues such as stigma and discrimination, get advice about the benefits, and take home delicious salad from the garden! All welcome. Light refreshments provided.

When: Thursday 4th February 2016

Time: 1.30pm-3.30pm

Where: Fullwell Cross Library, High Street, Barkingside, IG6 2EA

For more info call: 020 8925 2435 or email: info@redbridgeconcern.org

PRUNNING AND TIDYING  APPLE TREES –  SKILL SHARE

When: Friday, 5th February

Friday, 19th February

Time: 11am-4pm

FREE

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We will be pruning and tidying up apple trees on site. No previous experience needed. Please bring packed lunch for shared lunch. All welcome!

Contact Anna at: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org if you would like to attend.

‘LEARNING IN MIND’ – GARDENING CLUB

From 19th February 2016  we will be working in partnership with  ‘Learning in Mind’, a new programme of free short courses to help people with mild or moderate mental ill health run by Redbridge Institute. Forest Farm Peace Garden will be hosting the Gardening Club as a part of the programme. If you are interested in joining Gardening Club please contact Errolie at: errolie.sermaine@redbridge-iae.ac.uk

Days: every Friday

Time: 11am-1pm

Start date: 19.02.16

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OPEN MORNING ‘ INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE AND PEOPLE CARE’

When: Wednesday, 24th February

Time: 11am-1pm

Free

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A natural system, like a woodland, keeps itself going. It doesn’t need weeding, or fertiliser. How does it do that, and can we learn from it? Can we work with nature to create truly sustainable systems?
The principles of permaculture can help you design your garden, or your balcony. But the lessons we learn from nature can also be applied to people: how we relate to each other and work together.
The workshop will introduce you to the basics of permaculture, and to some ideas about how you could apply it in your daily life and work.

Come along for our open morning event, look around and enjoy our free workshop on “Permaculture and People-Care” with educator Ros Bedlow!

Ros teaches permaculture and energy efficiency, and is a founder member of Transition Leytonstone. She has renovated a Victorian house as an eco-project, and grows vegetables and fruit in her garden and allotment. She has a Permaculture Design Certificate and is a member of the Permaculture Association.

If you would like to book a place at the workshop please e-mail Sarah-Jane at@sarah-jane@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

CREATING THE SIGNS – FINAL SESSION

When: Friday, 27th November 2015

Time: 11am- 1pm

We will be varnishing the signs and placing them in the garden. All welcome! For more details contact Anna at:anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

2nd November,

VOLUNTEER CONSULTATIONS

We would like to invite you to ‘the end of the season’ Volunteer Consultations! There will be a time to talk about any ideas or suggestions you might have, and to celebrate our achievements this year! The consultations will last 45min, and after that we will carry on with our gardening tasks

WEDNESDAY 18th November 2015

Time: 11.15 am- 12 noon

FRIDAY 20th November 2015

Time: 11.15 am – 12 noon

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VOLUNTEER CONSULTATIONS AGENDA

We will meet talk about how the garden is going and any suggestions you have or issues you want to discuss.

When:

11.15 am- 12 noon, WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2015

11.15 am-12 noon, FRIDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2015

Where: In the polytunnel, if very cold in the portacabin

People Care:

  • Introducing the new Ecotherapy Worker – Sarah-Jane
  • Update on our new volunteers recruitment
  • Celebrating successes of this year – how our workshops went and what to do next year
  • Update on FFPG Strategic Meeting – new directions in the forthcoming years
  • Code of conduct in the garden – let’s decide on it to keep the garden a truly peaceful and therapeutic space
  • Ideas and Issues – a new way of getting in touch

Earth Care:

  • Reflecting on this year’s growing, and plans for the next year
  • Off season opening hours and an access to the site during winter break
  • Garden Sub-Committee Election
  • Two upcoming events:

– Wednesday 25th November, 9am-4pm – Pond Clearing Day with Froglife

– Friday 27th November, 11am-1pm – Signage Workshop Varnishing and Placing the Signs

Fair Shares:

  • Update on plotholders agreements
  • Current situation – claiming the extended and abandoned plots back to communal space

POND CLEARING DAY – workshop by Froglife

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Wednesday, 25th November 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Free. All welcome.

Froglife charity will be working with us again this year, helping to clear the ponds in the garden. An excellent opportunity to learn about wildlife and pond maintenance from an experienced ecologist. Join us! To book your place contact Anna at: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!

OUT OF SEASON OPENING TIMES

WILL COMMENCE ON FRIDAY 13TH NOVEMBER.

WE WILL BE OPEN ONLY FOR MORNING SESSION 11AM-1PM

WINTER BREAK CLOSURE:

WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2015 – FRIDAY 22nd JANUARY 2016

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‘DESIGNING SIGNS FOR OUR GARDEN’ 

Handmade Sign Workshop – CREATING THE SIGNS DAY

Date: Wednesday, 11th November 2015

Time: 11am-4pm ( 1 hr lunch break at 1pm)

Cost: free

The second session of handmade sign workshop will be about making the design come to life. We will be constructing the wood signs and stencilling the design with paint. No previous experience needed. To book your place contact Anna at: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

                                      ABUNDANCE DAY 2015 

                           SUNDAY, 4TH OCTOBER 2015
                                            12pm – 5pm                               

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                                                 PROGRAMME
Come and join us for our annual Abundance Day event at Forest Farm Peace Garden. Enjoy the celebrations of bountiful harvest in the beautiful surroundings of Forest Farm Peace Garden.

                                               WORKSHOPS

12.30-2pm – A Practical Beginners Workshop on Making Fermented Vegetables
Come and have fun making your own pot of fermented vegetables to take home and learn why they are such a powerful healing food. You need to bring with you: a 1 pint kilner jar (no bigger please), a grater and/or sharp vegetable knife, an apron (be prepared to get messy!). An organic vegetables and salt provided.
Cost: £10 (Children under 12 £5).
SPACES ARE LIMITED TO 12 PEOPLE (FIRST COME FIRST SERVED)
Email Debbie at: medical.herbalist@ntlworld.com before Friday 2nd October’15 to book your place.

2.30 – 3.30 pm – ‘Pick Your Apples to Take Home’ – apple picking activity in the garden.
Come and help us to harvest an abundance of apples in the garden and take a bag of them home. An excellent opportunity to learn about a variety of apple trees in the garden!
4pm-5pm – Foraging Walk
An autumn foraging walk with our residential forager Aaron ‘Hedgerow’ Edgeley. Learn how to identify and process wild edibles!

ALL DAY ‘DROP IN’ WORKSHOPS

12.30-4.30pm Woodcarving
Our residential woodcarvers Samantha and Richard will be teaching basic woodcarving skills. We will be carving some simple, natural designs on blocks of wood. Slots of 30min available – book on the day!
12.30-4.30pm ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ Campaign Workshops by LBR Recycling Team
Learn how to make an apple sauce and how to pickle apples. Please bring a jar with you. Apples provided!
1pm – 5pm – Biochar Making Demonstration by Kernow Black
Demonstration on how to make plant beneficial soil improver. We will start burn at 1pm. ‘Drop in’ mini workshops on how to make beneficial for plant growth bacteria will be run throughout the day. 4pm – opening the pit and the final demonstration.

                                                          MUSIC

1pm – 4pm The Redbridge Music Lounge Players
A musical group of volunteer singers and musicians will be playing a variety of popular music and songs from the 30’s to the present day. A large percussion box is always available for audience participation!

                                   CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

12noon – 5pm Natural Messy Play
Oats Play and Grains Play! Bring your toddler with you and dive into large trays of oats and grains, full of exciting objects and scooping tools. Suitable for 15 months – 5 years old.
12noon – 5pm Veggie Creatures Making!
An excellent nature crafts workshop for adults and kids! Come and make funny creatures using a variety of veg, fruit, googly eyes and cocktail sticks. This is parent and child drop in activity and children must be supervised at all times.
12noon – 5pm – Face painting and Balloon Modelling by local entertainer Mr Kinder

                 COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES TASTERS

Relax in the beautiful surroundings of the garden and indulge yourself in these amazing holistic mini treatments.
Reflexology mini treatments by Aneta’s Reflexology, graduate of Reflexology Institute
Reiki Healing by Stephanie from Blue Lotus Osteomyology
Tasters available from 12 noon till 4.30pm –book your slot on the day!
               STALLS
Swap Stall with free books and bric-a-brac by London Borough of Redbridge Recycling Team.
Henna Painting!
An organic FFPG honey, herbs and fresh veg from the garden for sale!
                                         FOOD AND DRINK

A freshly fire cooked soup made by our volunteers and a selection of breads warmed up in our cob oven.
Teas and coffees will be served throughout the day.

3rd September 2015

‘ MINI FOREST GARDEN’ PERMABLITZ

Date: Sunday, 6th September
Time: 10am-5.30pm

FREE

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We will be clearing a small, secluded area of the garden, known as ‘tree nursery’ where we will create a beautiful, peaceful space ideal for rest, reflexion and hideout from the sun! This event will be run jointly with Permablitz London.

 

Please register at: info@permablitzlondon.com if you wish to come.

‘HEALTHY SOIL & GREEN MANURES – PREPARATION FOR WINTER’ Skill Share 

Please note this workshop has been rescheduled to 16th September!

Date: Wednesday, 16th September
Time: 2pm-3pm

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Cost: free

This workshop will be focused on preparing for winter. Main topics will include: keeping the soil healthy, learning about various types of green manures and their importance in the garden. Handouts, practical activities and presentations will follow. Book now!

FORAGING COURSE

Date: Sunday, 20th September
Time: 11am-4pm

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Cost: £18 (Pay on the day) Free for FFPG buddies/staff

Join us for a mini foraging course run by Aaron “Hedgerow” Edgeley, an ethnobotanist with over 25 years experience of wild food and foraging.

We will make lunch from the plants we forage!

If you have ever:

* Wondered how to get more out of a walk in the woods

* Wondered if something you’ve found is safe to eat

* Wanted to get an exciting and healthy diet for free

* Wanted to connect with nature in a very personal and creative way

THIS IS THE COURSE FOR YOU!

You will learn how to:

* Forage safely and legally in the UK

* Look at landscape and ecology from a forager’s perspective

* Identify and process wild edibles

Upon successful completion you will get a certificate accredited by Global Learning Gateway

Contact  aaron.edgeley@gmail.com to book a place on the course

Please note that pre-booking is essential as there are limited places on the course and to ensure that certification may be given upon attendance. Deadline for course bookings: noon, 17th September.

Abundance Day 2015

Date: Sunday, 4th October2015

Time: 10am-5pm

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Cost: Free

Our annual event, Abundance Day will celebrate harvest time in the garden and abundance of Nature’s gifts we receive at this time of the year! It will feature an exciting line up of workshops, activities and music performances along with our popular health and well being zone. More details to come soon. Save the date!

27th July, 2015

 ‘ORGANIC PEST CONTROL AND DISEASE’ WORKSHOP

Saturday 1st August 2015

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Price: £5/£3 concessions.

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Natural pest control is less expensive than buying and applying pesticides, and it’s safer for your garden, your family, the natural wildlife and the environment.

Learn safe and tried methods of preventing insect damage, attracting beneficial insects and making non-toxic home-made remedies at the workshop run by our Community Food Grower. To book your place contact Anna at: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

CREATING THE COB OVEN KITCHEN’ PERMABLITZ – ASSEMBLY DAY

Sunday, 9th August’15

Time: 10am-5.30pm

FREE

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At our Preparation Day earlier on this month we worked with wonderful Permablitz team completing the first stage of this project. Now, we will be assembling an outdoor kitchen to protect the cob oven from the rain, make space to keep dry wood, shelves to store stuff, tables for preparing pizzas – and a place for the cooks to cook and friends to hang out…No previous woodworking experience needed.

To register please contact: info@permablitzlondon.com

DESIGNING SIGNS FOR OUR GARDEN’ – Handmade Sign Workshop CONSULTATION DAY

 Wednesday, 12th August

Time: 11am – 1pm

FREE

Come and help to create beautiful natural hand-made signage for the garden. In this first session we will be choosing our materials and deciding how to make the sign, and what text and images should go on it. To book your place contact Anna at: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

5th July, 2015

WORLD MUSIC DAY 2015

Come and join us on Sunday 12th July 2015 from 12pm -5.30pm for our annual World Music Day event at Forest Farm Peace Garden!


Free event featuring brilliant world music performers, along with food stalls, and activities for children such as recycled drums making, yoga for kids, natural messy play and crafts! There will be health and wellbeing treatments demonstrations,  free herbal walk, foraging walk, and many more. Bring along a picnic and a blanket and settle down for an afternoon of music and culture in the beautiful surroundings of Forest Farm Peace Garden.

 

                           THE PROGRAMME OF THE DAY

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12.15-1.15pm – EASTERN VIBES

Eastern Vibes play traditional Indian classical ragas including light Bollywood numbers and Western nursery rhymes for kids to sing along to.

1.30-2.30pm – ANTARMA AND FAMILY TREE

Antarma and the Family Tree play uplifting Soul Reggae Hip hop with melodies and big basslines that grow into Afro Brasilian Rhythms on Djembe that get the crowd moving and positive choruses that inspire everyone to song together!

2.45pm-3.45pm – MBILLA ARTS DRUMMERS

Come and join West African drummers, led by Seneke Sillah of Mbilla Arts, for a high-energy performance and djembe workshop.  Bring your own drum or use one of the drums provided to join in the drum circle. If you would like to join drumming circle, please book your place in advance (contact: info@forestfarmpeacegarden.org).

4pm – 5pm – AYLA

An amazing songwriter and singer Ayla will play harp and  draw upon a deep well love and respect for the Earth with her selection of Sacred Songs.

5pm – 5.30 pm – MANTRA SINGING

Friends of Amma UK, a group promoting work of environmental charities of humanitarian Amma will be singing mantras, gently closing the event with traditional Indian songs and mantras.

CHILDREN ACTIVITIES

12 noon – 4.30 pm  ARTS & CRAFTS by Froglife

National wildlife charity Froglife will run a children’s craft activity and a self-guided wildlife discovery trail. Lot’s of beautifully designed hand outs to take away!

12.30pm – 1pm  CHILDREN YOGA SESSION

3.30 pm – 4pm  CHILDREN YOGA SESSION

After diving deeply into Yoga and mantra meditation as a way of life from an early age of 13, Antarma has been teaching Kids yoga and music in nurseries schools and community centres in London and surrounding areas for the past six years. Initially doing teacher training with Yoga bugs and then completing further teacher training with Jo Manuel at the special Yoga Centre. Antarma loves sharing simple peaceful and fun yoga and music with children and families at his classes.

12noon – 4.30pm   DRUM MAKING FOR KIDS!

Giles Leaman, an artist in residence at The Source, a recycling and creative reuse centre  in Edmonton will be running a fantastic drum making session using variety of recycled materials. Lots of noise and good fun!

12noon – 4.30 pm – NATURAL MESSY PLAY FOR UNDER 5s

Oats Play and Grains Play!Bring your toddler with you and dive into large trays of oats and grains, full of exciting objects and scooping tools. Suitable for 15 months – 5 years old.

WORKSHOPS

12.30-1.30pm – HERBAL WALK

A herb walk and herbal medicine making demonstration by our residential herbalist Debbie Syrett.

2PM – 3PM – FORAGING WALK

A summer foraging walk with Aaron ‘Hedgerow’ Edgeley. Learn how to identify and process wild edibles!

12 NOON – 4.30 PM – WOODCARVING WORKSHOP

Our residential woodcarvers Samantha and Richard will be teaching basic woodcarving skills. Carve your own spoon and leave your mark on totem pole!

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES TASTERS

Relax in the beautiful surroundings of the garden and indulge yourself in these amazing holistic mini treatments.

Reflexology mini treatments by Aneta’s Reflexology, graduate of

Biodynamic Massage by Katarzyna, trainee of Centre of Biodynamic Therapy

Reiki Healing by Stephanie from Blue Lotus Osteomyology

Also – HENNA PAINTING STALL

FOOD AND DRINKS

Delicious Indian finger foods prepared by Fusion Foods, a freshly fire cooked soup and bread made by our volunteers, and amazing healthy, full of wonderful ingredients and nutrients cakes and desserts by Sinless Desserts.

Teas and coffees and cold drinks will be served on the day.

If you would like to help make the event happen and volunteer on the day please contact Anna, e-mail: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

19th May, 2015

Crop Rotation and Companion Planting Workshop

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When: Saturday, 6 June 2015,

Times: 2pm – 4pm

Venue: Forest Farm Peace Garden

Cost: £5 , £3 reduced rate (low income, students and unemployed),free for regular volunteers and buddies.

Do you want to find out the secret to growing more productive, healthier and tastier fruit, veg and herbs?This workshop will give you the tools you need to plan your growing space (however big or small), and how you can boost plant productivity and health through planting certain plants next to each other. We’ll also be learning about crop rotation, and why it’s good for the soil and for your plants to have a longer term plan for your growing space.

The workshop will combine hands-on learning with a chance to brainstorm and plan a growing space.

Please contact Anna at anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org to book your place.

15th May, 2015

 

‘Spring  Herbs – Medicinal Uses’ workshop

When: Sunday, 3rd May 2015, 11am – 4pm

Where: Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hazelbrouck Gardens, IG6 2XL

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A herb walk and herbal medicine workshop run by our residential herbalist Debbie Syrrett.

 

Please contact Anna email: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org if you would like to attend.

 

Wildlife Workshop

An interactive workshop for allotment holders and gardeners run by the charity ‘Froglife’.

Where: Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hazelbrouck Gardens, IG6 2XL

When: Saturday 25th April 2015, 1-3pm

Cost: FREE

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The workshop offers in-depth discussion, tips and practical skills on how to make your Allotment/garden attractive to all sorts of wildlife, especially amphibians and reptiles.

Suitable for all ages and abilities. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Only 15 places!

Please contact Ben; email ben@forestfarmpeacegarden.org if you would like to attend.

 

5th March, 2015.

COMPOSTING SKILL SHARE

When:  Friday, 20th March, 11.30am-12.30pm

Where: Forest Farm Peace Garden

Cost: FREE

Learn about composting and reducing the household waste at our free ‘Composting Skill Share’ workshop. Ben Yeomans, our resident Ecotherapy Worker will be explaining what compost is, how it works, and how you can make it at the household level (and also why you would want to do that!). Learn what to put in, what not to put in, and the different things you can do with it once it’s ready.

AN INTRODUCTION TO WILD FOOD & FORAGING (Spring Session)

 When:Sunday 22nd March, 11am to 4.00pm

Where:Forest Farm Peace Garden

THIS WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED – WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED!!!

SPRING OPEN DAY – BUDDY AND VOLUNTEER PARTY!!!

When: Saturday, 28th March,  11am-4.30pm

Where: Forest Farm Peace Garden

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We will celebrate the start of growing season and welcome the new buddies to our community at  Spring Buddy and Volunteer Party ! There will be a morning full of inspiring talks and workshops, Easter Egg hunt, shared lunch cooked in cob oven, nature and recycled art activities for adults and kids, and a drumming circle. This event is open to general public, but it aims to be a social gathering of volunteers, buddies and friends of the garden rather than a large open day.

 

 

We will be giving away free tree saplings (hawthorn, oak,silver birch,hazel and rowan) throughout the day.

 Programme

11am-1pm  Morning of inspiring talks and presentations on how to reduce waste and ‘green’ your home and business.

11.30am-12.30pm  Egg Hunt in the garden

12.30pm-4.30pm  Garden Art activities – free flow open workshop

1.15pm-2pm   Lunch

2pm-4.30pm   Drumming Circle

(there might be a limited number of places available at drumming circle, it is advisable to sign up in advance via e-mail or sign up sheet in the garden)

We need volunteers to help on the day with food preparation, fire making, and general event help. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved! Speak to Anna in the garden or e-mail: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

2nd February,2015.

‘WORK AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN ENVIRONMENTAL SECTOR’

Free workshop and open morning at Forest Farm Peace Garden

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DATE:  Friday, 27.02.2015

TIMES: 11.00am -1pm

 

                                                        

                               PROGRAMME:

11am – 12 noon   ‘Current work and training opportunities in the environmental sector’ – talk by Aaron Edgeley (Global Learning Gateway, FFPG trustee)

12noon- 12.30pm     Rosa Bevan, a recent graduate zoologist from the University of Edinburgh, will be talking about her time as a volunteer research assistant in different locations around the world and her experiences in both marine and terrestrial wildlife conservation.

12.30-1pm    meet our Ecotherapy Worker –Ben Yeomans, for a brief overview of his role and for an opportunity to engage in small hands- on task in the garden.

1pm – shared lunch (optional)

This is a free workshop funded through generous support of London Borough of Redbridge Strategic Partnership fund and National Lottery – Big Lottery Fund.

For enquiries and to book you place please contact Anna at: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

March 23rd, 2014

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23rd November 2013

Come and join us for the next fun-filled Permablitz at Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hainault on Saturday 23rd November.

The “permablitz” is an exciting new initiative that has been taking London by storm this year. A permablitz brings together a team of people for a day of fun and meaningful work at a permaculture project. The permablitz at Forest Farm this weekend has been designed to create accessible raised beds to enable people who can’t bend down, or who need to be seated to be able to participate in the community garden.

Starts at 10am sharp and finishes at 4pm.

Food provided including hot soup and freshly baked bread from the Garden’s cob oven.

To help us plan the day, please RSVP to: info@permablitzlondon.com and let us know your shoe size so that we can provide safety boots for you to wear (all volunteers will need steel toe-cap boots as we will be working with heavy materials)

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Friday 20th December, 2014, 4PM – 7PM

Winter Solstice celebration

Join Forest Farm staff, volunteers and trustees for a campfire and food to mark the longest night of the year, and to celebrate another marvelous year of food growing.

We’ll stay warm by the fire, and make some tasty food to share as well. We’d love to see you there!

For more info get in touch with natalie [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org or 07913089979

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